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2018 February Coaching Report

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2018 February Coaching Report
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The diversity of coaching has grown with the maturity of scholarship and professional practice. Coaches in organizational, executive and health coaching are working from different frameworks and approaches to coaching. They are also developing diverse coaching relationships—related to gender, race and ethnicity, nationality, and cultural backgrounds. At the Institute of Coaching (IOC) we have expanded our mission to include ensuring availability of coaching to everyone who might benefit. We presented this shift at the 2017 Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference, and we continue to integrate it into research and practice.

The topic of cross-cultural coaching, for example, has recently become more prominent. This is in line with the expansion of coaching to and within many geographical areas, and the international mobility of both coaches and potential clients. What this brings up for coaches is covered in detail in the book which we feature this month, Diversity in Coaching: Working with Gender, Culture, Race and Age, edited by Jonathan Passmore, with its second edition published in 2013.

The topic of gender dynamics in coaching, and specifically coaching women leaders, is also receiving more attention, as organizational contexts are changing. For example, the journal Leadership Quarterly recently featured a special issue on Gender and Leadership. A special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science was devoted to “Illuminating the scholarship of coaching” and included an article presenting a framework for coaching women leaders, which you can see as our featured research for this month.

Less often, however, do we see discussions about coaching at the intersection of gender/race/ ethnicity, as well as within the intersections of “power/privilege and oppression.” One example is the work of Shoukry, who discusses the emancipating potential of coaching in oppressive social environments and for social change.

Our February 14th webinar, Cultural Equity and Women in Leadership, also addresses some of these gaps. Gail Greenstein, EdD and Carrie Arnold, PdD, PCC, will explore several challenges and barriers to equality in organizations, and ways in which coaching can take these into account. Gail will elaborate on the intersection of power and oppression and the role of coaching in “Got Privilege? What does it have to do with Executive Coaching?” Carrie will talk about her work on “The Silenced Female Leader: Coaching Women to Find Purposeful Voice.”

We invite you to join this months’ webinar and explore these resources. Coaching can be a catalyst for developing egalitarian work places in which all people have a voice and thrive.

Irina Todorova, PhD 
Director of Research

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